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Fictionalized version of the real adventures of a United States Army officer in Panama right after WWI as he rehabilitates a vicious Army cavalry charger into a stellar Army mount and the best polo pony on the 19th Cavalry's Polo Team. Part of the "Great Horse Stories" Series, Colonel Meek's novel, which remained in print for over 50 years, tells of the experiences and life of a peacetime cavalry officer stationed in Panama with his highly acclaimed working partner, a small but exceptionally intelligent and talented Arabian horse nicknamed Frog.
One should be able to say of a princess "She was as good as she was beautiful," according to The Art of Being a Princess (third revised edition), which the almost-thirteen-year-old Princess Imogene is supposed to be reading. Not feeling particularly good, or all that beautiful, she heads for a nearby pond, where, unfortunately, a talking frog tricks her into kissing him. No prince appears, as one might expect. Instead, the princess turns into a frog herself! Thus launches a funny, wonderfully spun fractured fairy tale in which Imogene wonders if she will be forever frogified.
From the Book Jacket: Frogs have long played a role in tales of legend and lore-symbolizing fertility, omens, ... and more. Frogs is an introduction to the world's most fascinating frogs and toads, including detailed frog characteristics, their life cycles, musical repertoires, and conservation issues. David Badger's interesting text and John Netherton's brilliant, up-close photographs bring these fascinating creatures to life as you've never before seen them. Discover the world's animals in the World Life Library from Voyageur Press. This highly acclaimed series brings you the latest research from leading naturalists, along with stunning color photographs of your favorite animals.
Rachel has finally come to terms with the outrageously unfair fact that her younger sister, Miri, has inherited magical powers from their mom. But now the whole witchcraft thing is spiraling out of control. Mom is a magicaholic, Miri's on a Save the World kick, and the one teeny tiny love spell that Rachel begged for has gone embarrassingly, horribly wrong. Suddenly, the fate of everything is in Rachel's hands. Her family. The world. Senior prom.
Anna has always been the clumsy one in the family. Somehow she can never do anything right! She bumps into tables, and she can't read the blackboard at her school. Her perfect brothers and sisters call her "Awkward Anna." When Papa announces that the family is moving from Germany to Canada, Anna's heart sinks. How can she learn English when she can't even read German? Nothing could be worse than this! But when the Soldens arrive in Canada, Anna learns that there is a reason for her clumsiness. And suddenly, wonderfully, her whole world begins to change.
Book 10 in the Jennie McGrady Mysteries for young adults. When her church and school are destroyed by fire, speculations mount and Jennie smells foul play, but why would anyone target a diverse church like Trinity? With overtones of racism and issues of color, be it African American or Hispanics, there are no lack of suspects with hate seemingly everywhere. Hospitals and kidnapping hinder Jennie's ability to help her dad get to the bottom of this horrible deed and the bodies left in its wake.
As college graduates soon find out, the real world is tough. Sure, it was hard getting into the right school. But landing a good job is a lot harder. The number of new college grads now outnumbers available entry-level jobs by at least 25 percent. But that figure--sobering as it is--is deceptive, given that only a fraction of those jobs are career-worthy. So how do you succeed in a marketplace that's stacked against you? According to professional career counselors D. A. Hayden and Michael Wilder, you've got to approach the hunt for employment as if it were a marketing campaign. In other words, you've got to make yourself a brand--by creating a clear story for yourself, understanding your target audience, and developing an effective communications plan to deliver your message. You've also got to avoid the pitfalls. Hayden and Wilder identify four personality traits that can doom first-time job seekers to failure. Then, through a trademark method they call Candidate Illumination, the authors prescribe cures for those pathologies and present savvy strategies for every step of the job-search process--from finding your focus, to composing a winning resume, to acing the interview. (Note to parents: This book may be the best gift you could give your graduating son or daughter.)
Alexis is the last girl you'd expect to sell her soul. She already has everything she needs--an adorable boyfriend, the perfect best friend, and a little sister who's finally recovering after being possessed by an evil spirit, then institutionalized. Alexis is thrilled when her sister joins a club; new friends are just what Kasey needs. It's strange, though, to see how fast the girls in The Sunshine Club go from dorky and antisocial to gorgeous and popular. Soon Alexis learns that the girls have pledged an oath to a seemingly benevolent spirit named Aralt. Worried that Kasey's in over her head again, Alexis and her best friend Megan decide to investigate by joining the club themselves. At first, their connection with Aralt seems harmless. Alexis trades in her pink hair and punky clothes for a mainstream look, and quickly finds herself reveling in her new found elegance and success. Instead of fighting off the supernatural, Alexis can hardly remember why she joined in the first place. Surely it wasn't to destroy Aralt. . . why would she hurt someone who has given her so much, and asked for so little in return?
When Marines enter an abandoned house in Fallujah, Iraq, and hear a suspicious noise, they clench their weapons, edge around the corner, and prepare to open fire. What they find during the U.S.-led attack on "the most dangerous city on Earth" in late 2004, however, is not an insurgent but a puppy left behind when most of the city's residents fled. Despite military law forbidding pets, the Marines de-flea the pup with kerosene, de-worm him with chewing tobacco, and fill him up on Meals Ready to Eat. Thus begins the dramatic rescue of a dog named Lava and Lava's rescue of at least one Marine, Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman, from the emotional ravages of war. From hardened soldiers to wartime journalists to endangered Iraqi citizens,From Baghdad, With Love tells the unforgettable true story of an unlikely band of heroes who learn unexpected lessons about life, death, and war from a mangy little flea-ridden refugee.
Have you ever felt bored with God?Everyone, especially teenagers, struggles with being bored with God from time to time. Sometimes church services and Bible reading don't seem that exciting, and it's easy to get busy and not make time to pray . . . but when this happens, we are missing out!Jenna Lucado Bishop shares her testimony and others' stories to see what a radical, living relationship with God looks like. But this book is not just based on feelings. The Bible gives steps that will help girls hunger and thirst for more of God.This book will not only offer girls a fresh perspective, but it will also help them do a little soul-searching and discover where they are in their own lives. Plus, it will let them in on the world's greatest secret--that the Creator of the Universe loves and cherishes them deeply and that a fulfilling relationship with Him is the most exciting they will ever have.
Best friends Bernadette and Charlie begin seventh grade and help unravel the mysterious case of the Stocking Bandit.
The revised edition of From Cover to Cover offers a fresh, up-to-date look at some of the best examples of children's literature today and also includes practical advice on how to write clearly articulated, reasoned opinions so that others can learn about books they have not yet read. A brief, updated introduction explains how children's books evolve from manuscripts into bound books, the importance of the many different parts of a book (jacket flaps, title page, copyright, etc.), and changes in the children's book industry, such as the creation of two new major genre awards. In addition, the author demonstrates how to think about and critically evaluate several different genres of children's books. Included are sections about books of information (and the author's responsibility to document sources); traditional literature (myths, legends, tall tales, folktales); poetry, verse, rhymes, and songs; picture books; easy readers and traditional books; and fiction and graphic novels. There is also a concluding chapter on how to write reviews that are both descriptive and analytical, as well as a segment on children's literature blogs. From Cover to Cover is an invaluable resource for all professionals who wish to write book evaluations that go beyond a simple personal response.
These short stories are about four teenagers learning to become teenagers.
As if being a teenage girl isn't hard enough, Gemma's parents are sending her away to a posh boarding school, and she won't see her friends for ages.
Praise for Good Sports:"Never patronizing, [Stout] captures both grit and glory." --Kirkus Reviews Many of the baseball greats overcame huge challenges to be sports heroes--here are five inspiring stories of men who did just that. Baseball is considered America's pastime, but not all players grew up living the American dream. Babe Ruth, Jim Peirsall, Torii Hunter, Ron LeFlore, and Joe Torre sure didn't. Poverty, abuse, and addiction are a few of the issues they had to deal with as kids, but they turned their lives around to play the game they loved.
Can't wait to read We Can Work It Out? Return to the world of Penny Lane Bloom with three all new e-book short stories that pick up right where The Lonely Hearts Club left off! Four months ago, Penny Lane Bloom was heartbroken over a guy, had only a small handful of close friends, and was sure that, somehow, this year was going to be different. Four months later, everything has changed. Penny's gone from a few friends to a huge group of girls who all have each other's backs, from a guy who thought nothing of cheating to a total sweetheart, and from the idea for The Lonely Hearts Club to a full-scale girls-rock revolution. Just think how much more she'll be able to accomplish by the end of the school year! And it's the holidays, which means Penny has two blissful weeks to spend eating cheese fries with her girls and kissing Ryan. The only thing she still has to do is survive Christmas with her family. Don't miss all three e-shorts from romantic comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg. Each one contains a sneak peek at an excerpt from her return to the world of the LHC, We Can Work It Out!
After an explosion, a new crime by an old crook, and the sad passing of the founder of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack accompanies his slightly mental elderly mentor, Miss Volker, on her relentless pursuit of the oddest of outlaws.
Presents brief biographies of the enterprising individuals who started such companies as HP, Apple computers, Sears, The Wall Street Journal, J.C. Penney, Hershey's chocolate, Marriott and Procter & Gamble.
Inventions, spells, and bullies-oh my!It all begins when Chet's favorite teacher is fired, only to be replaced by the mechanical invention of Dr. Tanya Lightov-a mysterious Russian scientist.Suddenly, the school seems possessed by forces that are upsetting the natural order of things: Kindergartners are beating up sixth graders; teachers' pets are talking back; and worst of all, Chet's faithful partner and best friend, Natalie Attired, has abandoned him in his hour of need.Will Chet be able to restore his friendship with Natalie and bring Emerson Hicky back to normal? One thing's for certain: The crazy, mixed-up mastermind behind this case will be the last creature anyone expects.
The Boxcar Children see the sights in beautiful cities from coast to coast (and in between) and solve a mystery at every destination! Includes three Boxcar Children Mysteries: Special #13 The Mystery in New York, Special #10 The Windy City Mystery, and #57 The Mystery in San Francisco.
"From Slave Ship to Freedom Road" presents the story of slavery from its beginnings on the infamous ships of the Middle Passage to the enslaved Africans and their descendants.
During the Civil War, African Americans struggled to be accepted as soldiers. From Slave to Soldier is fiction, but it is based on the true story of a boy named John McCline, who was enslaved on a Tennessee plantation until the age of eleven. One day in 1862 he ran away and joined a passing group of Union soldiers in the Thirteenth Michigan Infantry Regiment. Young John became a mule-team driver's helper in the Union army until the end of the Civil War. After the war John went to school and worked in hotels. In 1892 he went to work for the family of Herbert Hagerman and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Around 1930 McCline showed his handwritten memoir of his early years to Hagerman, who typed it and wrote an introduction. Although it did not become a book during McCline's life, the typed copy was kept in his family and published by the University of Tennessee Press in 1998. McCline married at age eighty-six and died in 1948, when he was about ninety-five. This story is based on McCline's memory of driving a wagon alone to bring supplies to the battlefield. Years after his war experiences McCline remembered the names of all his mules, and they have not been changed in this story. Many blacks in the Union army were not treated as kindly as young McCline was. But John McCline's incredible memory for detail helps us better understand what life was like for one boy who went from being "a slave to a soldier."
"My name is Safia Dirie. My family has always been my mum, Hoyo, and my two older brothers, Ahmed and Abdullahi. I don't really remember Somalia -- I'm an East London girl, through and through. But now Abo, my father, is coming from Somalia to live with us, after 12 long years. How am I going to cope?" Safia knows that there will be changes ahead but nothing has prepared her for the reality of dealing with Abo's cultural expectations, her favorite brother Ahmed's wild ways, and the temptation of her cousin Firdous's party-girl lifestyle. Safia must come to terms with who she is-- as a Muslim, as a teenager, as a poet, as a friend, but most of as a daughter to a father she has never known. Safia must find her own place in the world, so both father and daughter can start to build the relationship they both long for.
The Dragon Keeper series bridges the gap between Magic Tree House Merlin Missions and Harry Potter.An original short story (only available electronically!) adds background information to the newest book in this magical middle grade adventure series. It's an exciting adventure featuring Emmy's parents and the origins of the second dragon egg that appears in The Dragon in the Sea (Dragon Keepers #5).Praise for The Dragon in the Sock Drawer:"Funny and wonderfully written--a tall-tale adventure sure to grab young readers."--Mary Pope Osborne"This novel, with its unique and modern twists, is a great addition to the dragon genre for younger readers."--School Library Journal
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